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Gibson to lead Channel Cats

September 3, 2003 - South East Hockey League (SEHL) - Huntsville Channel Cats News Release

HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Huntsville Channel Cats filled their open head coaching position by hiring one of the inaugural members of the 1995-1996 team. John Gibson was introduced as the Cats new head coach at a press conference today at the Von Braun Center.

“I enjoyed my time as a player, but this is a new challenge for me,” Gibson said. “I think I know enough about this game to pass it on to the younger players. Hockey is in my blood and this is a great opportunity to get into coaching. Huntsville is a special place to me. I developed a friendship and a working relationship with John Cherney. We always stayed in touch and when I heard he was starting the Cats back up I thought it would be perfect opportunity for me.”

Gibson played six years of minor league hockey, including five with the original Channel Cats. He played in 318 games for the Cats from 1995-2000. He scored 217 points, 50 goals and 167 assists and had 499 penalty minutes. He helped lead the Channel Cats 47-19 record and a Central Hockey League Championship in 1998-1999.

Gibson played in a total of 352 career games and scored 227 points, 51 goals and 176 assists. He also had 545 penalty minutes. He played in 43 career playoff games and scored 12 goals and had 18 assists. He played in nine games with the Topeka Scarecrows in 2000 and 25 games for the Fayetteville Force in 2000-2001.

“This is a great addition to our team,” Channel Cats General Manager, Kevin Walker, said. “John Gibson is an original Channel Cat and he knows the history of this organization and how much hockey means to the city of Huntsville. We know he is going to do a tremendous job leading this team on the ice.”

The Huntsville Channel Cats are part of the newly formed Southeast Hockey League. The Cats’ offices are located inside the Von Braun Center. Season tickets are on sale now, for more information contact the Cats front office at 256-518-6160.

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